MOUNT VERNON — Loss of state funding has taken its toll on government offices at every level from townships up to county coffers. In order to fill that gap on the county level, the board of commissioners is looking at increasing the sales tax by 1/2 of a percent. County residents will have two chances in the next week to voice their opinion on the increase.
Public hearings are scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. and June 1 at 5:30 p.m., both in the meeting room of the Board of Commissioners, 117 E. High St., first floor.
Currently, Knox County, with sales tax at 6.75 percent, has the lowest sales tax rate of adjoining counties. Delaware, Richland, Ashland and Holmes counties all collect 7 percent sales tax while Coshocton, Licking and Morrow counties charge 7.25 percent. If the increase is approved, it will move local tax to 7.25 percent in line with 51 of the state’s 88 counties.